Recent studies have shown that data analysts spend as much as 80 percent of their time preparing data and only 20 percent analyzing it. Data analytics software developer Tableau Software has sought to reduce data preparation times with Tableau Prep, a data preparation product that makes it easier for everyday workers to combine, shape and clean data for data analysis.
The software, which emphasizes data visualization functionality, includes features that automate complex data preparation tasks such as joins, pivots and aggregations. The new product also provides smart algorithms such as "fuzzy clustering" that automate repetitive tasks such as grouping by pronunciation or cleaning by punctuation.
Tableau Prep is integrated with Tableau's data analysis workflow and is offered as part of the company's Creator subscription offerings. Current users of Tableau Desktop can use Tableau Prep at no charge for two years.